MARQUETTE, MI. Kenneth W. Buhrmann, age 86, of 918 Cleveland Avenue, Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday afternoon, November 15, 2012, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family.
Ken was born July 6, 1926 in Little Falls, Minnesota, a son of Robert S. and Alma S. (Asleson) Buhrmann. For most of his working career, Ken was employed as a computer programmer for the US Government. He served in the US Navy as a Radioman Second Class and received a commendation from the Navy for helping to break Japanese code. He later served as procedures and standardization officer at K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, in supply, receiving two commendations from the US Air Force for his service, which spanned 27 years. He retired in 1985. Ken was very proud of his family and especially enjoyed following sports and other activities of his grandchildren. He loved to travel, enjoyed four-wheeling, and being at camp with family and friends. He possessed great computer skills and was able to type 95 words per minute, with accuracy. Ken's other interests included woodworking, being an avid reader and bowler, crossword puzzles, and occasionally visiting the casino. He was never happier and more fulfilled than when he could combine his hobbies and interests with family activities.
Ken is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florence (Heideman) Buhrmann, whom he married in 1949; his daughters, Sandy (Tinker) Lancour and Cindy (Jim) Dagenais both of Marquette; sons, Wayne (Mary) Buhrmann of Marquette and Kenneth Buhrmann of Jenison; grandchildren, Amber (Andy) Buckmaster, Michael (Joanna) Dagenais, David Lancour, Jeremy, Katie, and Kyle Buhrmann; great-grandchildren, Sean and Paige Buckmaster; his brother, Rolland (Shirley) Buhrmann of Tenessee; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by three sisters.
Kenneth W. Buhrmann
The family will receive friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 21, from 11:00 am until the time of service at 2:00 pm. Lake Superior Hospice chaplain, Rev. Chuck Tooman, will officiate and veteran's honors will be accorded by members of Richard Jopling Post #44 of the American Legion. Honorary escorts will be Tinker and David Lancour, Jim and Michael Dagenais, Andy Buckmaster, Kyle, and Jeremy Buhrmann.
Memorials may be directed to Jopling Post #44 of the American Legion, 700 W. Bluff Street, Marquette, MI 49855 or St. Vincent DePaul Society, 2119 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855. Following services, a reception will be held at the American Legion.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com.